She won Romania’s Eurovision 2019 selection, earning top marks from four of the six international jurors.
And since then Ester Peony has been busy revamping her song “On a Sunday” and filming a thoroughly haunting and atmospheric music video.
Today — appropriately enough on a Sunday — she has revealed the video in all its glory, showcasing an artistic vision that should give Romanian Eurovision fans all the feels going into Tel Aviv.
The video sees Ester entering a haunted house, which seems to have endured some pretty tough times of late. The derelict walls and eerie destruction inside smacks of the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House.
Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Ester unpacked the visual feast.
“The video reflects a toxic relationship with the main character being trapped in a parallel universe — haunted by her own ghost.”
“Igor, the dog, is the house guardian. As I become part of the house, Igor becomes my guardian too.”
The video is intoxicating with marine life floating in the sky and mirrors reflecting all manner of madness. We see Ester multiplying as she copes with different visions and version of herself, many of which disappear in a burst of flames. It’s bold and just a little brash — the type of daring we love seeing from Romania.
It’s also a nice reflection of the magic that audience members — and the international jury — saw at Selectia Nationala. There, Ester sat on a chair at centre stage and that chair became part of the haunted house changing behind her. The angles on TV deleted all that magic. But with this video it’s now restored for a bigger audience to see. Hopefully they’ll keep this story alive through the camera cuts as they move to Tel Aviv.
The song has also been revamped.
“The new version of the song comes with a slightly different, more dynamic feel,” Ester says. “But at the same time it’s keeping that dark mood.”
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